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The Safety Management System (SMS)

Safran Helicopter Engines SMS LogoWhat is SMS, its role, its stakes? How is it deployed within Safran Helicopter Engines? ...  To answer your questions, we provide you with some documents to get a better visibility! 

  1. Manuals and guides for the introduction of a SMS
  2. The SMS at Safran Helicopter Engines


1. Manuals and guides for the introduction of a SMS

OACI – Doc 9859 - Safety Management Manual (SMM)

This manual is an essential document for understanding, implementing and monitoring an SMS.
The document describes the responsibilities for safety management and the Government safety programs. It also sets out the basic principles of safety management and of risk management. This document also explains the value of safety investigations and safety reports.
It will also help you analyze and monitor performance in terms of safety to improve the planning of operations and introduce a Safety Management System (SMS). Further to these actions, it explains how to evaluate safety, perform safety audits and consider the practices for applying an SMS.
Some chapters also deal with the technical operation of aircraft, Air Traffic Services (ATS), the technical operation of airfields and aircraft maintenance.

For more details, download the document.

DGAC – 09/06/2010 - Guide relating to the implementation of an SMS for air transport companies and maintenance organizations.

The guide is an aid for implementing an SMS, which describes the nature of regulatory requirements and proposes acceptable means of compliance.

The measures in this guide must therefore be considered as a possible means, among others, of ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. (…) Chapter 1 provides a brief description of SMS regulations and their implementation by the Authority. Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5 describe the requirements for the introduction of a SMS and their possible interpretations in order to assist companies and organizations in implementing them (…). Chapter 6 indicates the regulatory references and the documents used to develop this guide and the publications that may be useful for understanding the management of risks relating to safety.

For more details, download the complete guide

2. The SMS within Safran Helicopter Engines

Safety and reliability: the essential components of our business

Management of the safety and reliability of our engines are major challenges for Safran Helicopter Engines which deploys the necessary means to federate the measures in place and to develop a safety culture in all sectors concerned.
In this context, we interviewed Jean-François RANNOU, Corporate SGS Manager.

1. Jean-François, can you explain what the definition of the SGS is?

Safran Helicopter Engines has always taken flight safety linked to its products seriously. It introduced Flight Safety (SdV) in 2005 and started work on the SGS project in 2009. French law issued a decree applicable as of January 1st, 2012 making it compulsory to introduce a Safety Management System in all maintenance organizations with French PART145 maintenance approval.
The SGS is a systems approach which aims to deploy risk management linked to flight safety in the company's operational maintenance activities. Safran Helicopter Engines has decided to progressively extend SGS to production and integration.

2. What are the challenges for Safran Helicopter Engines?

As a world leader in helicopter engines, Safran Helicopter Engines must be exemplary with regard to safety. We are committed to reducing Uncontrolled In-flight Shutdowns linked to our engines by 50% between 2010 and 2020.
To reach this target, we must not only develop a strong safety culture within Safran Helicopter Engines at all levels, but also on our suppliers’ and partners’ premises.
Our approach must not simply be compliant with regulations, but also take into account all the expectations of our operator and integrator customers with regard to safety. This challenge is crucial to continue to develop transport by helicopter which, by its very nature, involves more risks than transport by aeroplane.

3. Can you explain what your role is ?

My mission is to steer the deployment of the SGS by relying with support from quality network as well as from the SGS correspondents of the different divisions and then from the SGS managers of the sites.
I must ensure that the flight safety policy is correctly implemented, both internally at Safran Helicopter Engines and on our suppliers’ and partners’ premises in order to meet our objectives. I will be required to propose continuous improvement plans for flight safety, in accordance with all the processes. As such, I have the role of safety ambassador within the company.

4. What are the main milestones for implementing the SGS within our company ?

The next milestones concern the in-house training of MRO personnel in France and overseas, which started in April 2012.
At the same time, we have finalized the flight safety policy validated by Olivier Andriès.
Benchmarking with some offshore operator customers started in February, and will continue through the coming months, including with our integrator customers.
During the operator symposium (Lisbon, April 18-19), a workshop dedicated to the SGS allowed us to communicate with our customers and to collect their comments.
The Safran Helicopter Engines proximity network and the fact that we control 80% of maintenance for our engines are two key factors in successfully completing the deployment of the SGS and instilling a real safety culture.

The SMS approach


The SMS project is organized around four key complementary pillars:

  • Pillar 1: defining a policy and safety objectives that can be understood and shared by all.
  • Pillar 2: listing and identifying risk scenarios, so as to set up a more proactive and predictive management of these risks in order to prevent their occurrence
  • Pillar 3: improving the safety of our products, by measuring the performance of the SMS implemented and ensuring its continuous improvement.
  • Pillar 4: developing a campaign to promote safety and dedicated training plans, in particular, informing personnel of the progress of this process and the achievement of the objectives set.

In short, this involves maintaining the safety culture within the company to anticipate risk management, analyze incidents, promote safe practices and promote the communication of safety-related information in a non-punitive environment.

Project development at Safran Helicopter Engines began in July 2009 and its deployment was made effective as of January 1st, 2012.

The Flight Safety Policy statement by Olivier Andriès, Safran Helicopter Engines Chairman & CEO

Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines Chairman & CEO made a commitment at the beginning of 2016 on behalf of the company to implement a Safety Management System (SMS).

Download the Flight Safety Policy statement by Bruno EVEN (version EN)

Download the Flight Safety Policy statement by Bruno EVEN (version FR)

Download the Flight Safety Policy statement by Bruno EVEN (version PT)

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